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Australia Day 2017: Mudgee

For the Australia Day weekend, we decided to take a trip to Mudgee for a few days.

Mudgee is a large regional town in the central west of New South Wales, and it is a three-to-four-hour drive from Sydney.

The main purpose of the trip, other than getting away for a few days, was wine and wineries; but naturally, I packed my default photography rig, with the intention of capturing some of the sights of Mudgee at twilight.

We based ourselves at the Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel, where our deluxe queen room provided fantastic accommodation, as seen in this image of the separate lounge in our room:

Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Queen Room Lounge

Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel – Deluxe Queen Room Lounge

After dinner and a nice bottle of Mudgee red, we took a two-minute walk down Market Street to St Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, which I had spotted and trial-photographed earlier in the day, and identified as my primary photographic subject for later that evening.

During the ‘blergh hour’ (my name for the scungy, drab light in between golden hour and evening twilight), I set up my camera and tripod, and composed the view I wanted to capture.  It was just a matter of time before the light would be right.

As it was Australia Day, the streets were practically empty, except for us and three late-teenage or early twenty-something boys who graced us with their presence as they continued upon their mission to become inebriated.

After a few laughs and a photo I captured of the lads standing in front of the church, they departed in search of more alcohol and a good time, and I set about capturing my image.

Here is the result:

St Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, Mudgee

St Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, Mudgee

I found my new Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens to be an excellent lens for capturing this scene, as the leading line of the path draws the eye towards the imposing spire of the church a short distance away.

Very soon after photographing the church, I turned around 180 degrees and crossed the road onto the roundabout at the intersection of Market Street and Church Street.  On this roundabout is Mudgee‘s clock tower, a central feature of the town.

I found it difficult to photograph the clock tower with my 14mm lens, as it was just too wide — something I am not generally known to say or experience!

There was too much visual pollution due to street lights, the street itself and other unsightly subject matter; I just wanted the clock tower in a nice, clean image, or at least with pleasing surroundings.  I switched lenses, opting for my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, which I have not used since mid-2014!

Here is the image I captured as the evening twilight became more rich and intense:

Mudgee Clock Tower

Mudgee Clock Tower

After capturing this image, we headed back across the road to St Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, where I shot some quirky angles of the stonework, looking up towards the royal blue sky.  (I have not processed any of those images at the time of writing.)

After a few more shots around Mudgee, we headed back to our hotel as the evening twilight gave way to the darkness of night.

The next day was all about wine, but we did venture out after dinner for another twilight photoshoot, which I found frustratingly difficult, as I could not achieve a pleasing composition.

The subjects I wanted to photograph looked great with my own eyes, but through my lenses, a combination of proximity and surrounding subject matter resulted in no pleasing compositions.  I did capture a few images, but by and large, I was not content.

Never the less, it was a great few days away, and we came away with more than just a few pleasing images.

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Altar of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes

This image was the first of only two I captured at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes.

Altar of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes

Altar of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes

The Church of the Loaves and Fishes is located at Tabgha, on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

It is in this area where Jesus performed the miraculous feeding of 5,000 people with a bounty of loaves and fishes.

Underneath the altar is located the stone on which the miraculous meal is believed to have been laid.

Ceiling of the Church of All Nations

Here is a view of the magnificent architecture, mosaics and stained glass inside the Church of All Nations, which is also known as the Basilica of the Agony.

Ceiling of the Church of All Nations

Ceiling of the Church of All Nations

This stunning basilica is located on the Mount of Olives outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Right outside the basilica is the Garden of Gethsemane (גת שמנים; Gat-Šmânim).  The mosaic on the left depicts Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot in Gat-Šmânim on the night he was betrayed and arrested.

Nave of the Church of All Nations

Featured in this image is the magnificent ceiling and support columns of the nave of the Church of All Nations, which is also known as the Basilica of the Agony.

Nave of the Church of All Nations

Nave of the Church of All Nations

This stunning basilica is located on the Mount of Olives outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Right outside the basilica is the Garden of Gethsemane (גת שמנים; Gat-Šmânim), where Jesus was arrested.

Church of All Nations – Jesus and Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane

During our first visit to the Old City of Jerusalem during our January trip to Israel, we visited numerous sites significant in Christianity.

Our first stop was the Church of All Nations, also known as the Basilica of the Agony or the Church of the Agony.

This is one of the architectural images I captured of the incredible interior.

Church of All Nations - Jesus and Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane

Church of All Nations – Jesus and Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane

In this image is depicted a large mosaic of Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night where Jesus was praying.  It is in this small garden that Jesus was arrested.

The basilica is located right next to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, where even today, there are olive trees over 800 years old.  We got to see these and walk around the garden.

Being in this church, and knowing the significance of what happened, was an amazing experience.

Church of the Loaves and Fishes

We spent the past two days travelling around the north of Israel, visiting the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, and Rosh Hanikra near the Israel-Lebanon border.

Yesterday we visited the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, which is located on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee in the area where Jesus performed the miraculous feeding of 5,000 people with a bounty of loaves and fishes.

Here is an image I captured of the interior of the church:

Church of the Loaves and Fishes

Church of the Loaves and Fishes

This modern church, which now stands where churches stood in the fourth and fifth centuries, preserves an early Christian mosaic and the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.

St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide

On the way back to Adelaide from a long weekend spent in the Barossa Valley, we noticed the looming structure of St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral as we approached Adelaide city from the north.

We pulled over and decided to go inside.

We were warmly greeted by one of the custodial staff, who gave us some information about the cathedral and encouraged us to explore.  A short time later I asked her if photography was permitted, and to my delight she said yes and encouraged me to take some photos.

I dashed out to the car, fetched my rig, and then proceeded to spend the next 40 minutes photographing the interior of this beautiful cathedral.  During our time there, we were treated to some fantastic music from the cathedral’s large pipe organ, whose powerful pipes boomed music throughout the cathedral as the organist played.

For some time, I have been wanting to shoot a series of interior architectural images of cathedrals, and unfortunately, some do not permit photography, or are otherwise not open all the time.

This unexpected opportunity turned out to be a real treasure, as I walked away with some pleasing images.

Here are three images I’ve published from the series thus far.

I hope you enjoy them.

St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide

St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide

 

The Altar

The Altar

 

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel